Stress Affects The Body And Its Ability Essay

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Stress directly effects the body and its ability to function. An individual suffering from a high stress lifestyle is suspected to increase his or her risk not only to heart disease, but also to having a myocardial infarction (MI), more commonly known as a “heart attack”. MI describes the effects of blood blockage to part of the heart in which cardiac muscle either is damaged or dies. This particular medical condition presents an increased risk because its onset can be fatal. Physiologically, the heart continually pumps regardless to the obstacles it faces, until of course something surpasses its capabilities. Stress leads to numerous habits that subject an individual to developing cardiac problems. Some common examples of habits developed while a person is subjected to a stressful environment include emotional-eating, eating poorly, and smoking. Bad habits create more work for the heart, leading to clogged arteries, which in turn prevent blood from circulating, and can even deteriorate cardiac muscle. MIs are also noted to be brought on by extreme emotional stress, such as physical trauma, a natural disaster, or the loss of a loved one. Ultimately, stress can directly or indirectly cause an MI. Jääskeläinen et al,1 authors of “Stress-related eating, obesity and associated behavioral traits in adolescents: a prospective population-based cohort study” concluded stress-related eating to be most prevalent amongst 16 year old girls. Teenage girls suffer from a variety of…

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